I have lived in the same general area most of my life, so I know a lot of people in my hometown through school, college, church and work.
I have had many friends over the years who have come and gone. Sometimes I have a hard time accepting that people go. My sister and her husband and stepson live in California. My best friends live in Texas and Georgia. And I have great friends I have met over the years who live as far away as The Netherlands!
A thought that has popped into my mind is “why make new friends if they’re just going to leave?”
But the overwhelming inner response is always: “Look what I would’ve missed out on if I hadn’t been open to new friends?”
As much as I wish I could keep all my dear friends close to me physically, it is impossible–unless I become wealthy and pay for their expenses to live nearby (which I’m not above doing if I ever win the lottery).
So I remind myself to be open to new people. And when a person who I am close to announces they are leaving, I tell them I’m sad for the departure but I’m happy they have a better opportunity elsewhere. And I always think one day we will be together again!
Having friends all over makes it awesome to get to visit and go to new places. It just makes it hard to decide where/who to be with for holidays!!
How do you accept change when it comes to friends and family moving?